Hygiene Tips

Tips for Better Dental Hygiene

The most important part of your long-term dental health is the effectiveness of your daily dental hygiene routine. For example, if you consistently brush your teeth at least twice and floss at least once every day, you have a much lower chance of developing dental issues such as tooth decay, periodontal disease, chronic bad breath, and much more. These issues can lead to the need for more extensive restorative or cosmetic treatment to address the problem and restore your good oral health. Therefore, one of the most important aspects of regular family dental care is helping you optimize your dental hygiene routine at home.

  • Watch as you brush and floss – Brushing and flossing your teeth every day is designed to help you control the accumulation of plaque and tartar on your teeth. Doing so stops the oral bacteria that form plaque from growing strong enough to attack your teeth and gums. When you brush and floss, do so in front of a well-lit mirror and watch carefully to ensure that you successfully clean every surface of every tooth.
  • Snack responsibly and on a schedule – Oral bacteria create harmful substances that erode tooth enamel and tooth structure, and irritate and inflame gum tissues. They create these substances by metabolizing the nutrients in your food and beverages. The less often you snack throughout the day, the fewer of these substances your oral bacteria can produce.
  • Drink plenty of water – Water is a natural bacteria neutralizer and is the main component of your saliva. Instead of drinking sugary drinks that could make oral bacteria stronger, drink more water to promote a healthy flow of saliva and help better control harmful oral bacteria.

Learn More About Good Dental Hygiene

Keeping up with good hygiene is the most important thing you can do for your smile. It’s also easier with help from your dentist. For more information about how to optimize your oral hygiene, schedule a consultation by calling Hillsview Dental in Rapid City, SD, today at 605-342-6652.